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CMS finalizes Medicare payment updates for home health and kidney care

November 1, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized two separate rules that will increase Medicare payments for home health agencies and end-stage renal disease care.

Indiana temporarily halts Medicaid work requirements

November 1, 2019


Indiana officials on Thursday announced that the state will temporarily halt part of its Medicaid work requirements until a lawsuit challenging the requirements is resolved.

Trump admin faces lawsuit over policy to deny visas to immigrants without health insurance

November 1, 2019


Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization this week filed a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration's recent decision to deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

The 3 root causes of US drug shortages, according to FDA

October 31, 2019


U.S. drug shortages are increasing and causing hospitals to ration lifesaving treatments, according to an FDA report released Tuesday, and the agency has three main recommendations to address the issue.

Senate fails to pass resolution to roll back Trump admin's ACA changes

October 31, 2019


The Senate on Wednesday voted 43-52 to reject a resolution that would have rolled back the Trump administration's expansion of certain Affordable Care Act waivers.

More than 1,500 hospitals will receive VBP bonuses in FY 2020

October 31, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced that over 1,500 hospitals will receive bonuses in fiscal year 2020 under Medicare's Value-based Purchasing program.

CMS launches window shopping ahead of 2020 open enrollment period

October 30, 2019


CMS last week opened window shopping for the Affordable Care Act's upcoming open enrollment period and detailed several changes the agency has made to HealthCare.gov.

FDA warns hospitals could face medical device shortages. Here's why.

October 29, 2019


FDA on Friday warned that hospitals could face medical device shortages after a number of sterilization facilities that use a gas called ethylene oxide have closed.

Judge: HHS must pay insurers $1.6B in ACA payments

October 28, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the federal government to reimburse nearly 100 health insurers about $1.6 billion in unpaid cost-sharing reduction payments called for under the Affordable Care Act.

FDA approves new therapy to treat cystic fibrosis in patients 12 and older—and it will cost $311,503

October 28, 2019


FDA on Monday announced that it has approved Trikafta, the first-ever triple combination therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients ages 12 and older who have a genetic mutation that affects the vast majority of CF patients.

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